With the aim of increasing the competence of Indian rubber products across Europe, the Rubber Board is ready to commission an advanced analytical laboratory at the Rubber Research Institute here.
The new facility, which will be commissioned on January 11, will allow exporters to conduct independent testing of rubber products to verify compliance with European Union regulations and manufacturers in the MSME sector (micro, small and medium companies) to design product formulations.
The agency already has a laboratory approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories to perform product testing according to national and international specifications.
The step is gaining in importance as the European Union is a major importer of rubber products from India. It is estimated that the value of rubber products imported from India into the EU was 4,200 crore yen in 2017-2018, which represented 25% of the export earnings of rubber products from India. India.
Exporting rubber products to European markets is a difficult task, senior official says as exporters are required to meet strict regulatory standards under the standard of registration, assessment, authorization and restriction chemicals (REACH) set by the EU. These regulations aim to restrict and control the use of polycyclic aromatics (PCA) and substances of very high concern (SVHC) in rubber products to minimum limits.
Although REACH is now mandatory for products manufactured or shipped within the EU, many other developed countries to which India exports rubber products are expected to adopt similar restrictions soon, he added.
Several chemicals subject to restrictions under REACH are used in rubber products that are exported to EU member countries. Rubber chemicals such as plasticizers, thinners, accelerators, crosslinking agents, resins, antioxidants, dyes, recycled rubber, etc. fall under the REACH preview.